Enigma machine is expected to fetch £70k at auction
A rare surviving example of an Enigma machine, used by the German military to send coded messages during the Second World War, is expected to fetch £70,000 at auction next week.
The machines were vital to the Nazi war effort but the Allies broke the codes - shortening the war by several years.
The work done at Bletchley Park to crack the codes was immortalised in the Benedict Cumberbatch film The Imitation Game.
The machine being offered for sale, which dates back to 1943, will go under the hammer at Sotheby's in London next Tuesday.
Few examples remain as many of the machines were destroyed by German forces as they retreated.